Exports decreased to JPY 5956.5 billion. Sales went down mainly to Thailand (-9.5 percent); Philippines (-6.9 percent); Taiwan (-1.2 percent); India (-1.2 percent); the United States (-1.8 percent). In contrast, exports rose to China (+4.4 percent); South Korea (+11.9 percent); Singapore (-2.8 percent) and Malaysia (+5.9 percent). By product, declines were reported for transport equipment (-4.6 percent), namely cars (-7.4 percent); and manufactured goods (-6.4 percent), namely iron and steel products (-12.1 percent).
Imports went down to JPY 5804 billion. Purchases from China shrank 9.9 percent and those from the United States fell 5.1 percent. By product, mineral fuels accounted the most for the decline (-14.4 percent), namely petroleum (-14.4 percent). Also, imports fell for chemicals (-13.1 percent); manufactured goods (-8.7 percent) and electrical machinery (-9.1 percent).